Centuries-old U Ye Kyaw Thu Monastery, Thakyamuni ordination hall undergo restoration in Sittway

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Photos show the 106-year-old U Ye Kyaw Thu Monastery—locally called “Than Kyaung” as it was constructed largely of iron.

The renovation work on 106-year-old U Ye Kyaw Thu monastery and Thakyamuni ordination hall are being conducted in Sittway Township of Rakhine State, said U Kyi Khin, director of the Department of Archeology and National Museum (Sittway Branch).
The Rakhine’s historic U Ye Kyaw Thu monastery and the Thakyamuni ordination hall located in the monastery compound were hit by Cyclone Mocha and the repair works are underway in their original structures.
“It has begun the repair works on Mocha-hit U Ye Kyaw Thu monastery and Thakyamuni ordinaiton hall since July. The destroyed old tiles of the ordination hall are replaced with new ones and also the lighting and water pipes,” he said.
The U Ye Kyaw Thu Monastery was built in 1917 by Arakanese tycoon U Ye Kyaw Thu, who established Myanmar’s nascent banking industry. The 106-year-old monastery was also named “Than Kyaung” as it was constructed largely of iron and was damaged in fighting during World War II. — ASH/KTZH

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